Man found dead in freezer was trying to hide from police

The authorities have identified the victim found in a chest freezer late last month as Brandon Lee Buschman, a 34-year-old Minnesota man.

According to the Gilbert Police Department, officers responded to a 911 call on June 26th at a residence located in the 300 block of 4th Avenue North, which is located 200 miles north of Minneapolis.

Upon arriving at the scene, first responders quickly located the body of Buschman inside the freezer, which was an older model with its latching mechanism on the outside. It was found that the freezer was unable to be opened from the inside as the utilities had been disconnected since April of 2022.

Through interviews with his family and friends, detectives discovered that Buschman had been trying to hide from the police who were executing an outstanding warrant for his arrest. They also found a metal lawn ornament rod that was placed inside the freezer and jammed between the gasket and the manufactured edge, preventing the latching mechanism from being able to open from the inside.

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office ruled that Buschman’s death had no signs of injury or trauma, and a toxicology report will be available in the next few weeks. The home had been unoccupied since the beginning of 2023 due to foreclosure, but investigators believe it remained somewhat occupied. The Gilbert Police Department did not provide any details regarding the outstanding warrant that was issued for Buschman’s arrest.